The Cache Humane Society will once again provide feline impound services for the City of Logan, albeit in a more limited fashion, thanks to a grant from two family foundations.
“We really did see concerns raised by the community over the past year that they were noticing the proliferation of stray cats,” said Stacey Frisk, Humane Society director. “I think it became very apparent to everyone that a city the size of Logan does need to provide professional animal welfare services.”
After the contract between Logan city officials and the Humane Society was not renewed last summer, animal control services for Logan have been limited. Logan city did open a small impound facility for dogs, but this did not address the issue of cats.
On Monday, city and shelter officials announced that a grant from the Dell Loy Hansen Family Foundation and the Ribera Family Foundation provided the money to impound cats again and to continue the joint trap, neuter, release, or TNR, program that began as a pilot in April.
According to the press release, impound services will be limited and based on shelter capacity. The money will sustain each program for a year, with the possibility of an extension until a new shelter facility is constructed.
“The goal of both programs is to reduce the number of stray and homeless animals in Logan city,” Frisk said. “I think the combination of impound services and TNR goes a long way to ensuring that animals are cared for in our community.”
During the next year, Frisk said the community will need to discuss what the best animal welfare options are for the area moving forward.
“We see this as a really good bridge option to manage the situation until a new shelter can be addressed, and we will be supportive of that in the future,” said Logan Mayor Holly Daines.
Another challenge Frisk said the animal shelter is working on overcoming when it comes to cats is the low reclaim rate. According to Frisk, dogs are reclaimed at a much higher rate.
“We do hope that there is some messaging and community education that we can increase the percentage of cats reunited with their owners,” Frisk said.